Operation Binky Removal :: We’ve Turned a Corner and We’ve Reevaluated the Plan


After a few days of meltdown hell, we’ve finally turned a corner. Abby’s gotten used to the “new rules” pretty darn quickly (I can say that now…at the time, those two days felt like an eternity and during each meltdown, I honestly contemplated giving in) and we’ve gotten used to them as well.  As I mentioned in the last post, getting her to sleep now is soooooooooo easy and because of that, our motivation to take her binky away completely has faded.

All of a sudden, Travis and I have found ourselves saying things like, “she’s so used to the new rules now…let’s just allow her to use her binky at nap and nighttime for a while…at least she’s not using it during the day…” etc.

It’ll just be the new norm for a while and we are all perfectly fine with it (especially Abby).  For now, we will be flexible and reevaluate our plan. Instead of taking her binky away completely within a week (because there’s no way she’s grown “less attached” to it at night as her pediatrician suggested), we’ll let her keep it a little while longer…


We’ve come to the conclusion that our new plan is flawed.


Well, because it’s not really a plan at all. It’s just another way for us to stall the inevitable :: the fact that taking her binky away completely is going to be hardon US…we  aren’t necessarily sure how Abby will feel about it (though we have a sneaking suspicion she’s not going to be thrilled), but we do know it would add stress to my already stressful day and that it would (possibly) keep us up at night.

With Mac being such a terrible sleeper, that’s the last thing we need right now.

While I know our new “non-plan” sucks, I’m still okay with it.  I’m just going to need to have a morning where I wake up and say, “today’s the day!”

Right now, today is definitely not the day.

Wish me luck on the next step.


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4 Responses

  1. jennmaynard says:

    My little one is 3 and he still takes his paci when he goes to sleep. I figure I am not going to mess with either of our sleep and like other moms have told me, he’s not going to walk into the Kindergarten classroom with it, so don’t worry about it. Do what’s right for your family right now and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      That’s so true – it’s not like our kids are going to head off to college with pacifiers in their mouths. I’m sure he’ll stop using it when he’s ready or when you guys decide it’s right for you. No need to worry about it before then, in my opinion!

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